With just two days remaining in the regular season, the National League still has multiple tiebreaker scenarios that could come into play for the postseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers enter play Saturday alive for the NL West and Wild Card Game.
Because of that, Major League Baseball announced when those potential tie-breaking games would take place, and if the Dodgers are forced to play in one, it would be at 1 p.m. PT on Monday.
If the Dodgers finish the season tied with the Colorado Rockies atop the NL West standings, then that tie-breaking game would take place at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 12 times in 19 games this season to earn home-field advantage in such a game.
Both the Dodgers and Rockies won their respective games on Friday night, so Los Angeles remains one game behind Colorado with two games to play.
The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and potentially Walker Buehler pitching for them at AT&T Park, while the Rockies will be facing Stephen Strasburg on Saturday and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Scherzer recently said that he would like to start Sunday’s game if there are playoff implications on the line for Colorado, but the Nationals could opt to shut him down.
Los Angeles could also wind up being tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. If that were to be the case, then that Game 163 would be at Busch Stadium. St. Louis won four of the seven head-to-head meetings this year.
The Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon though, so the Dodgers would have to lose both of their remaining games and St. Louis would need to win out for that tiebreaker scenario to come into play.